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Opinion: By R. Al Bain
With the country focused on Wisconsin and it’s Governor in regard to the Public Employees Union issue and collective bargaining, an understanding of the situation needs to be brought to the forefront. What many Citizens and Private Union Workers fail to understand is that Public and Private Unions are two different animals. Public Unions salaries and benefits are provided by we the taxpayers, Private Unions are not! The only correlation I see is that indirectly we the taxpayers may pay for higher goods and services. An example being automobiles in that when the union negotiates a contract with the automaker for higher wages and benefits the cost is passed on to the consumer in the cost of the vehicle.
Private union workers who choose to stand by their fellow union brethren do not understand that the salaries and benefits of these public union employees are not even on par with theirs and cost them dearly! Another example would be that if the public employee’s through their union get a raise in salaries and benefits through collective bargaining and or arbitration awards, and they don’t get a raise through their private union, then they in effect get the equivalent of a pay cut. How do I figure that? With the Country, State, and Local Municipalities broke, they will have to raise taxes as to meet these obligations. I always thought that working for the government was as a public servant? Yes, they should be paid but on par with the private sector not above!
Time to Repeal Public Act 312 not Amend it!
Legislation introduced by a young Michigan Senator back in 1969 that became law was by the name of Coleman Young a Democrat and a friend to Union Institutional interest! By introducing SB 1072 in 2010 that would further favor this law in regard to binding arbitration goes against Republican Principles, Traditions, and Values that the Republican Party was founded upon! That Michigan Senator that introduced this Bill was Randy Richardville of Monroe. This would further place the burden on the local municipalities and the taxpayers of Michigan in favor of Union Institutional interest.
Public-Employee Unions are Bankrupting America
Nationwide, state and local government unions have a 45 percent total-compensation advantage over their private-sector counterpart. With high-pay compensation and virtually no benefits co-pay, the politically arrogant unions are bankrupting America — which by some estimates is suffering from $3 trillion in unfunded liabilities.
Local Government Union Pay Reform Good in House; Questionable in GOP Senate
Public Act 312, the law that requires binding arbitration for police and firefighter unions when they cannot agree to a contract with their municipalities, has been considered a problem for years by municipal officials and many in the GOP. Today, with Republicans in firm control of the entire Legislature and the governor’s office, there is a serious effort brewing in the Michigan House to eliminate PA 312 altogether. But the major obstacle may come from within the Republican Party’s own ranks. Last week, speaking to the MIRS newsletter (www.MIRSnews.com), GOP Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville said a repeal of PA 312 was not on his agenda.
A Good Explanation on Public Unions and Collective Bargaining
This governor explains public unions and collective bargaining and the impact it has on taxpayers who pay their salaries and benefits. Remember that The National Labor Relations Act (a.k.a Wagner Act) does not apply to government employers!The term “employer” shall not include the United States or any wholly owned Government corporation, or any Federal Reserve Bank, or any State or political subdivision thereof.
Troubled Banks Rise to Highest Level in 18 years
The number of banks at risk of failing made up nearly 12 percent of all federally insured banks in the final three months of 2010, the highest level in 18 years. In a recent front page article in the Monroe Evening News it was suggested by the writer and a Monroe Bank and Trust official that it’s not as bad as it seems! The same paper reprinted this AP article buried on page 8 several day’s later, hmm? Least we forget that Monroe Bank and Trust has been labeled problematic by bankrate.com! It’s a concern that the Bank official would say things aren’t so bad!
In Michigan Most oppose CCW change to allow College Kids to carry on Campus
In a recent poll of Michigan voters done by EPIC-MRA (scroll to bottom) shows that 68% Oppose this legislation and although I am all for second amendment rights, I do not believe that students have the maturity level even if licensed and trained to carry a weapon on campus that this legislation would provide. With all the experimenting with drugs, alcohol, and partying that has been well documented over the years with college age children and yes, children, many are still immature at 21 years of age as to handle this privilege that this legislation would provide them, this is a recipe for disaster! Introduced by Rep. Richard LeBlanc (D), 2011 House Bill 4009 to repeal the “gun-free zone” provision of the concealed pistol permit law is the same as the one Introduced by Sen. Randy Richardville (R) Senate Bill 747 on August 19, 2009. This is nothing more than pandering to the special interest groups who donate and help elect these career politicians through their membership. Even Marshall Wyatt Earp of the old wild west used to have cowhands check their guns in when coming into town for a night of partying at the local saloons!
Is Your Bank One of the 459 in Immediate Danger of Failure?
Banks teetered on the brink of collapse not long ago. We all remember the dark days after Lehman Brothers collapsed and it seemed like the lights on Wall Street would forever dim. With more than a year between now and that dark interlude, the conventional wisdom is that the system has been righted. This is, unfortunately, incorrect. The latest data from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), which insures U.S. bank deposits and keeps a very close eye on everything banks do, said its number of “problem banks” rose fourth quarter, to 884 from 860.
Illegal Alien Law in Michigan
Introduced by Rep. David Agema (R) on February 22, 2011, to require state agencies and local governments to verify the legal U.S. residence status of every person who applies for various kinds of welfare benefits, with some exceptions; applicants would have to submit an affidavit affirming that they are not an illegal alien. This Bill is getting heat from The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Michigan Network. Why should this be a problem if they are legal? It shouldn’t be! This Bill is all about protecting all legal American citizens period.
Communities like Allen Park, Dearborn reeling under Budget Cuts
They are not alone. All Michigan Mayor’s are warning about lay-offs and cuts to services around the state!
Impact on Michigan Seniors from the Governor’s Tax Reform Proposal
The proposal to tax pensions in Michigan embedded in Governor Snyder’s February 17 Tax and Budget Proposal is getting much attention. I will attempt to shed some light on the subject, in the midst of much heat being emitted from affected folks.
Intoxication and euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.